The Messenger

By Socratus

Illustrating Wicked Problems

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The Messenger - Issue #3: Cascading Calamities

Where we sing the lockdown blues


The Messenger - Issue #2

Having made it this far, why not read some articles that were published on the Janta ka Faisla in Chhatisgarh:


The Messenger: Issue # 1

When Ananth and I met over coffee at the end of 2018, we discovered that we were both committed to a flourishing India while recognising that climate change will complicate our road to flourishing. What's our path to development? How do we get there? These we…


Wicked Minds - Issue #15: In Memorium

One of the saddest things about the pandemic is how it has taken away people who have done much to resist the system that has brought us to where we are today. This past week saw two visionaries pass away due to COVID.


Wicked Minds - Issue #14

The planet is being changed by humans, mostly for the worse. But can we imagine a future planetary commons in which the earth is seen as belonging to all beings? Eleanor Ostrom's work on commons could help us get there.


Wicked Minds - Issue #13

This is one of those weeks when reality outstrips my capacity to reflect.The second wave of the pandemic is raging through India. Everyone I know has been affected - either they or someone very close to them has the disease and in many cases, hospitalized or …


Wicked Minds - Issue #12: The Wasteland

I worry that our knee jerk response to cascading crises will be: More authoritarian control Mad max attempts by the richest to guard themselves while leaving everyone else to fend for themselves. Madder max attempts by the very richest to create floating citi…


Wicked Minds - Issue #11: Brokers of Wickedness

The consensus building institute has been using data in interesting ways, including the joint production of data by the conflicting parties.


Wicked Minds - Issue #10: Removing Carbon

Let's start with the what & how


Wicked Minds - Issue #9: Wh Wh Wh

There was a time when unions were important players across the world, capable of bringing nations to a standstill and bargaining for better wages and working conditions. That power was broken systematically, and in countries like India, most workers are in th…


Wicked Minds - Issue #8: Trusted Sources

At least in one influential camp, private property protected by law is the foundation of trust and prosperity.


Wicked Minds - Issue #7: Living the Future

You can't think of the future without thinking about technology. I think it will be easier to build public problem solving platforms through play than through 'serious' activity. Think Roblox or Minecraft - it will never be confused for the real real world, b…


Wicked Minds - Issue #6 - Climate Grammar

If politics is one avenue to address climate change, technocracy is another.


Wicked Minds - Issue #5: After the Fall.

Even catastrophes create opportunities for some. Mammals took advantage of the disappearance of dinosaurs. We often think of climate change in one of two ways: The end of the world. Return to nature. Both are fundamentally religious visions of the post-climat…


Wicked Minds - Issue #4

In many parts of the world, mine included, we are making a virtue out of cruelty, which is despicable. As an antidote, read and listen to George Saunders, a great writer and by all accounts a lovely person.


Wicked Minds - Issue #3

The first link is to Gov Lab and the second to the course on Public Problem Solving offered by Gov Lab.


Wicked Minds - Issue #2

A precursor to public problem solving is public reasoning which is at the core of democracy. Public problem solving combines reasoning with action, but sticking to reasoning for a moment, we have to make sure our reasons are precise and our concepts aren't to…


Wicked Minds on a New Platform

This week's links concentrate on happenings in the US for it was the first full week of the new Biden administration and wicked problems such as climate change are a big part of his ambitious agenda. But first a piece in honour of India's Republic Day.